Learn how to organize your home in just 10 simple steps. These tips on how to organize your home are simple to follow and will have you living in an organized home in no time!
So often I hear, “Oh I want to live in an organized home but I just don’t know where to start“. How to organize your home is something that, once you have a system in place, is quite easy to maintain. Today I am here to help with that. I have compiled a list of 10 home organization tips that I use to keep my home organized.
Becoming organized doesn’t just magically start overnight. Organizing takes planning, practice, and time. You’ll learn quickly how to organize your home.
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Growing up around clutter
I haven’t always been an organized person. It took me a lot of trial and error to get to where I am now because, growing up, I lived in a home that was filled with clutter.
When I moved out, the cycle continued. We had our normal house stuff, our toys, the kid’s stuff, and so on and so on. The house became cluttered and every room felt smaller than it really was.
How to organize your home
The best way to organize your home is by just diving in and starting. However, that can be quite overwhelming. Getting organized takes time and I’m now I’d like to show you how I was able to organize my home and keep it that way.
Now that you have your organizing checklist let’s go through my organizing system to learn how to organize your home.
Step 1: Go through the mail.
Paper clutter is something that can creep up on you at a moment’s notice. And it usually starts in your entryway. Have an organized home by organizing your mail.
Start by putting a small system in place. Instead of grabbing the mail and putting it on the table when you walk through the door, take a few of these steps first:
- Sort the mail into 3 categories
- Magazines and cards
The junk mail should go to be shredded or put into the recycle bin. The magazines, cards, and other all other mail need to be placed in its designated spot. For example, magazines are placed on to the coffee table (that’s where I keep mine), cards and letters can be opened and displayed. Lastly, the bills placed at the bill station. Which actually brings me to the next quick tip.
Step 2: Start a bill station.
Organize your home by having a bill pay station. If you don’t have a spot where you place your bills I really do recommend you do this soon. Your bill station doesn’t have to be extravagant if you already have a command center you can include this there. All you need is a folder or a box to keep the bills in until you are ready to sit down and pay them.
If you pay bills with checks it could be a good idea to keep them together along with stamps. Paying your bills online you’ll want to put them next to your computer might be a good place. Once the bill is paid place the stub in the filing cabinet or some type of filing system.
Step 3: Use only one calendar.
Keep your home and yourself organized by using 1 calendar. I would feel so overwhelmed if I had to look at multiple calendars. If you are using multiple calendars you can never be sure about your schedule. Having all of your appointment in one place leads to having a more organized system.
Step 4: Start a daily to do list
Using a daily to-do list will allow you to write down some home organization chores to conquer for the day. Set up the intention of decluttering 1 area of your home or organizing one basket in your home each day.
Step 5: Start a receipt folder.
Every time you purchase an appliance, tool, or electronic is it a good idea to keep the receipt handy. You never know if it’s going to break or if the item may go on sale a few days after you purchase it.
Having a receipt folder allows you to know exactly where the receipt is if you need it. Another good tip is to staple your receipt to the manual so if it does break and is under warranty you have everything you need to bring that puppy back! Make sure to store it in your filing system to stay organized.
Step 6: Put it away.
This tip can quickly lead to your home becoming organized. Remember what your mom use to say, “when you use something and you done with it put it away”, the same concept. If you clean as you go you’ll have less clutter hanging around. Seem so simple but can be hard to stay in that mindset.
Here are a few tips to help with success:
- Have a toy basket in common areas so kids can get in the habit of putting their stuff away
- As soon as you are done make a conscious effort to remember that, that item needs to be put away
- Take pride in your home (if you have more pride in your home you will naturally want to do better)
Step 7: Apply the one in and one out rule.
This one can be a really hard one to live by. I think this actually could be the most important step to implement for an organized home. If you are removing an item when another item comes in you will not be adding extra clutter.
Step 8: Set up a password file.
With needing a password for every little thing how can you remember them all? Also, what if something happens to you and someone needs to access a file that they will need a password for?
Having a safe spot for your passwords is a very good idea. You can write them down on a piece of paper and store it in a safe spot or you can set up a file on your computer so you can have easy access to it. Just make sure someone other else knows that the file or list exists.
Step 9: Do a Monthly Purge!
One simple way to an organized home is by removing unused items. Doing a monthly purge is a great way to reduce clutter and become more organized.
Try picking a room a month to do a little purging. Start in the worst room and spend 20 minutes removing clutter from 1 area of that room. You’ll be surprised how much you can remove in just 20 minutes!
Step 10: Use Functional Organizers
We all have items that don’t have a home. Create a home for them by adding organizers to different areas around the home. Using cube storage, baskets, closet organizers, and other functional organizers will really allow you to organize your home.
I really hope you liked it and may be able to implement some of the things listed. What things do you use to help keep you organized? Did I miss something? I would love to hear from you!! Thank you so much for taking the time out to read this. Your support truly means a lot.